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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Traditional Ale
Drammen, Norway

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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This is a strong hearty festival beer for those good relaxing moments when you are cuddling up in front of a roaring fire feeling the warmth from both beer and flames.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4832) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle from Hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. This almost looks like a porter with that deep dark color. It also has a nice tan head. The aroma is sour fruit with lesser brown sugar. This is definitely a winter warmer. All kinds of flavors that you would expect in such a beer. Spices, big malts, big alcohol, raisins, and at the finish I taste coconut. No idea where that came from. Also the distinctive yeast and water from this brewer. I like this beer and on a very cold early February day it feels pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2663) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle (500 ml). Dark brown with a medium mostly lasting beige head and some lacing. Aroma is of smoke, roasted malt, spices, dark fruits and caramel. Taste is slightly to moderately sweet with roasted malt, caramel, spices, smoke, dark fruits, earthy notes, liquorice and light acidic presence. Light warming finish. Medium body. Good carbonation. Nice balance considering everything that is going on in this beer. Interesting warming presence despite not being too heacy on alcohol. I enjoyed it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcbeerslinger (28) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2014
I like this beer and its gentler cousin Nissefar because they demand more thought than simply shoving them into a BJCP style category and moving on. Chocolate, dark fruit, roast, char and spice meld nicely into a bouquet of awesome which hits you just before the alcohol smacks you a bit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maverick34 (2179) - New York, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Bottled - dark pour with red brown tinges, fairly heady. Lots of chocolate malts and coffee but not overpoweringly so. Some breadiness and yeast - very complex and good.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Inbreak (1897) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 Old rating rerated 03.01.2014, 0,5l bottle (2012) @ home:
Slow gusher, as it allways has been the few times I’ve had it. Big fizzy longlasting head. Aroma is co2, dark malts, burnt coffee, yeast, banana, something undescribable fruityness in the direction of Amarula liqueur maybe. Taste is dark malts, sour coffee, caramel, wet roasted grain, soil, grass, hay. Medium bitterness, watery mouthfeel, high carbonation as usual. Never been a very big fan of this one, as it’s always been overcarbonated every year.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Torrefacto (516) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 2, 2014
Color caoba oscuro con espuma beige. Aromas tostados, masa fresca, levadura y ligero licor. En boca muestra un dulzor tostado de inicio con notas de frutas confitadas y acaba con un armagor equilibrado e igualmente tostado al que acompaña una agradable calidez. Muy rica.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3144) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle, black color with beige medium head. Aromas and taste are charred barrel, chocolate, roasted almond, light peat, spice and big malt. Chewy mouthfeel. Really warms up your whole body and butthole. Tasty meh, try dis.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickFifty (228) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2013
Dark brown color, beige head. Sweet, spicy nose, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar. Rich malty taste, nuts, hint of alcohol. Overall well balanced. Medium body.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorm (1103) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2013
Mørk brun farve med beige skum. Lukt av mye malt, karamell og bær. Smak av malt, sjokolade, karamell og lakris. Vinmonopolet.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
terjped (9) - - DEC 26, 2013 does not count
Rich Malty character, haandbryggeriet is starting to become my definite favourite brewery. This one has a heavy ABV, so watch out. A lot better the it's less ABV companion called nissefar ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone By Dragon Brew Nanobrewery


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